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November 14, 2015

EDITORIAL: Evangelicals are not for Trump or Carson, but for the Gospel

For the first time since CBS/The Times began polling Republicans about their choice for a 2016 presidential candidate, Donald Trump slipped to a close second behind Ben Carson. When asked for an explanation, Trump seems genuinely confused. But the pundits have an answer. Over and over, they repeat the same line: Carson has appeal with evangelicals.

But “evangelical” is a label that has been hijacked and manipulated by the political establishment in America. When pundits refer again and again to the “evangelical vote,” they are leaning on the Cliff Notes of the so called “far right”– the extreme religionists who use a perverted interpretation of faith to endorse an extreme agenda.

True evangelicalism spoken from the lips and words of Jesus places concern for the poor and the broken and the battered and the imprisoned and the blind and the bruised and those made to feel unacceptable at the center of faith. This evangelicalism seeks to invite all to care for the least of these, to have a deep concern for justice and love and mercy as it relates not just the individual piety and charity but to public morality social justice and governmental policies.

The term evangelical should have nothing to do with any political party but should reference a particular perspective and critique regarding grace, justice, love and mercy as noted in many Scriptures. For instance Luke 4:18-19 says, “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor, He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free, to proclaim the year of the Lords favor.” Read the full article here.

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